Friday, 8 June 2012

GOSH Museum & Archives

The Hospital's Museum & Archives are located on the first floor of 55 Great Ormond Street. The department is open by prior appointment only from 9.30am - 5.30pm Mondays to Fridays, Tel 020 7405 9200 ext 5920.

The department will as far as possible respond to enquiries directly, but for lengthier or more complex questions a personal visit may be required.

For further details see their webpage at

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Changes to PubMed Linking

We regret to report that UCL Libraries has changed the method of linking to articles on PubMed and there is no longer an option for the UCL tab or filter.

Instead of the UCL filter, you will now see an SFX link at the top right of the abstract screen in every PubMed record. When you click on the SFX button, you’ll either see a link (or links) to the full text, or a statement that the full text isn’t available. In the latter case, you can check UCL’s print holdings, and you can also check holdings in other libraries.

This means that there is now no longer an option for a UCL filter. You can use UCL’s custom URL –  or access it from the link on our homepage – to access the version of PubMed containing SFX links. Alternatively, you can configure your PubMed preferences to show SFX links. To do so:
  • sign into MyNCBI
  • clear any UCL filter in your personal MyNCBI account
  • select NCBI Site Preferences at the top right of the MyNCBI screen
  • under PubMed Preferences, click on Outside Tool.
  • click the radio button next to UCL (University College London) – SFX
Unfortunately this change means the SFX link does not immediately identify UCL full-text journals in the way the "UCL tab" used to.

We are very interested to hear your reactions to this change and would appreciate comments being posted on this blog so we can monitor feedback.

Historic Hospital Admission Records Project (HHARP)

The Historic Hospital Admission Registers Project (HHARP) is a free resource for 19th century children's hospital records, offering an insight into the health of children during this period.

HHARP is a partnership between Kingston University's Centre for Local History Studies and various hospital archives in London and Glasgow. It began life in 2001 as a project to create a database of late 19th and early 20th century admissions to the Hospital for Sick Children. Subsequently, the project was expanded to include three other children's hospitals: the Evelina Hospital (now part of Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Trust); the Alexandra Hospital for Children with Hip Disease; and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow. Funding for the project came principally from the Research Resources in Medical History Programme of the Wellcome Trust, with additional financial support from the Friends of Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Nuffield Foundation and the History Research Unit at Kingston University. The Great Ormond Street database was completed and made available in 2007, the databases for the Evelina and the Alexandra Hospital for Children with Hip Disease were made available in early 2010, while that for Glasgow was completed in September 2010.

The Admission Registers of all four hospitals (plus those for Great Ormond Street's convalescent home, Cromwell House) cover a period ranging from February 1852 (when Great Ormond Street's doors first opened) through to December 31st 1914. While the Great Ormond Street records are continuous for the whole period, the other hospital records cover shorter runs within these dates.

In addition to the patient records there are some equally usefual features on the site, including a list of medical terms used and a useful list of topical articles